Published Nov 14, 2019After revealing the international influence of a forthcoming new album, Alan Palomo has now shared the first Neon Indian song to be sung in Spanish.
"Toyota Man" arrives today alongside a self-directed video, in which Palomo follows his own path to American citizenship through Mexico and Texas. The clip also features children chasing a life-size piñata of President Donald Trump.
Palomo expanded on penning the political track as follows:
"Toyota Man" was filmed along the road map of what essentially was my path to American citizenship: Monterrey, the Nuevo Laredo border, San Antonio, and finally Austin. The process is a multiple decade commute known by many Latinos and other Americans. Though my music has always been generally apolitical, I realized when recording this song that it was impossible to write biographically (in the rhetorical context of the Trump administration) without being entirely that: political. The story of my family, which before felt commonly American, was suddenly politicized. Recognizing the absurdity of it all, I thought it would be refreshing to address the social narrative around immigration through comedy — nods to Benny Hill, misremembered San Antonio car commercials, and School House Rock.
Later this month, Neon Indian will play Montreal and Toronto on a North American tour. Palomo last released VEGA INTL. Night School in 2015.